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A small but comfortable, well-equipped village property with stunning views.
A sofa-bed in the living room could sleep two more, if necessary.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter:
- Bath towels and linen are provided but not beach towels.Guests are asked to leave the cottage tidy and put away roof furniture where appropriate. Roof space: Very spacious and with easy access, including pergola for shade, large table and four chairs, two loungers, a washing line, and not to forget the wonderful views. Two beach chairs, a wind tent and a freezer bag are also provided. Please help yourself. Please no roof barbecues; it's a definite fire risk. You are welcome to use anything in the kitchen, but if you use it up, please replace it. Please replace any breakages.
A 12 minute drive will bring you to the main beach in Markrigialos. Makrigialos beach is shallow and specially suitable for young children. Two adjacent beaches have deeper (blue flag) water and are less crowded. All beaches have good tavernas. There are numerous other beautiful and more secluded beaches worth exploring. 2 kilometers away is the adjacent village of Pefki, including an excellent taverna and Pefki gorge. Makrigialos, the main coastal town, is 6 km away and has every modern facility: banks, estate agents, supermarkets, hotels etc. More or less every facility you may need can be found at Makrigialos. The two large nearby cities of Ierapetra and Sitia are each a 40 minute drive away, and have lively markets on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Agios Nikolaos - restaurants, coastline, history - is approx one hour. Special beach of Xerocambos is a one hour drive, as is Dead Mans gorge at Kato Zakros.
There are numerous gorges to walk in the area. The resort of Mirtos is worth a visit. For those interested in astronomy, Agios Stefanos itself has a professional astronomer who offers star-gazing evenings on request. There are also art courses available from the same place in the village.
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About Richard Joyce
Caryl and I bought this cottage spontaneously in 2007 after hiking up to Agios Stefanos from the sea and falling in love with the authenticity of the place, and the amazing views. We are both teachers, me a retired one. We spend some time at Easter there and longer in the summer. Over four years we have done up simply and comfortably the interior of this typical Greek house and added a lovely roof space with a pergola for shade, and we eat most evenings there, enjoying the quiet, the views and the stars! We have looked for a long time for somewhere where we can get away from it all, read, write, take photos, walk, swim and not watch tele. This is it.
Richard Joyce purchased this house in 2007
Why Richard Joyce chose Ayios Stefanos
We have both had an on-going love affair with the Greek islands for years. We wanted somewhere with easy proximity to the sea but remote enough to be peaceful as well as being authentic. We found it in Agios Stefanos and the location of the property, at the edge of the village, gives us privacy when we do not feel like socialising. However the village is very social; there are four cafes dotted around it, lovely local people, as well as quite an international feel to the place. The walks from the village are plentiful and various. It did not take us long to decide on this place.
What makes this house unique
We enjoy the privacy, the friendliness, the views, the simplicity.